• By Deborah Balzer

Back to School: Sick Kids – Should They Stay or Should They Go?

August 20, 2015

sick little boy lying in bed with thermometer and teddy bear toyYour child is running a fever and you're running late to work. What do you do? Keep your child home or send him or her to school? When a child is truly sick from an infection such as a bad cold or flu, making sure he or she stays home is the best way to prevent the illness from getting worse or from spreading to others. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "Stopping the spread of an infectious disease is a combination of good hand hygiene and keeping sick people out of public areas."

Dr. Tosh says it is in the best interest of sick children and adults to be able to rest and recover.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04 ] Click here for the transcript.

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